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Monday, November 16, 2020

On the Coming Deluge of Non-Tenders

Note that the two years with the fewest non-tenders are the years in which new Collective Bargaining Agreements were ratified, but largely the number of annual non-tenders has lived in the mid-thirties (with occasional spikes above that) until the last two seasons, when the number has climbed.

Why is the number of non-tendered players rising? The number of front offices who view the bottom of their rosters as fungible is growing. This type of thinking is also why teams more often shuttle several relievers back and forth between Triple-A and the big leagues during their option years. They’d rather a) slow down the rate at which those players accrue service time so they can be controlled for longer and b) have fresh, low-leverage relievers at the ready rather than keep their fifth-, sixth-, and seventh-best relievers on the active roster all the time, and you could argue it’s fraught to assess your last few relievers (and beyond) with that level of granularity. They see relievers 6-10 (or so) as very similar to one another, especially if they’re an org that has intentionally built depth in that area.

Often these types of relievers are accruing service time while their option years are simultaneously withering away. Once those happen in concert with one another, they need to be good enough to stick on the roster or else they are at risk of being non-tendered (that is, if they’re not traded “downstream” to a worse team without as much pitching depth). Because teams have intentionally built this kind of depth, they often have comparable talents in the upper minors who can still be optioned.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 16, 2020 at 12:15 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. . Posted: November 16, 2020 at 03:31 PM (#5989050)
Nobody gives a #### about the service time of their Anonymous Middle Relievers.
   2. The Duke Posted: November 16, 2020 at 09:48 PM (#5989136)
There won’t be much free agent movement until we see the long list of players available except for dodgy mid tier lefties
   3. Adam Starblind Posted: November 17, 2020 at 12:48 PM (#5989280)

Nobody gives a #### about the service time of their Anonymous Middle Relievers.

It's the option years more than the service time. If you can't shuttle an anonymous middle reliever back and forth to AAA, he's worse than useless.
   4. Cris E Posted: November 17, 2020 at 05:12 PM (#5989410)
At least the anonymous AAA middle relievers will be excited about the realignment of the upper minors. What it costs them in frequent flier miles it'll make up for in easier travel.

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